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JOE MANCHIN

Biden and his advisers are planning to rely on their revamped approach — keeping the progress of the talks more confidential and making greater use of the White House legislative team and Cabinet members
An editorial cartoon by Christopher Weyant.
Supporters say it forces lawmakers to seek consensus, serves as important check on the party in power and ensures that major laws that affect American life don't change radically with every election.
Summary: Democrats were willing to set aside the possibility of bipartisanship in pursuit of more far-reaching legislation, suggesting that they were prepared to fight for more social spending despite their narrow majority. That willingness now looks like foolishness. The current slog is more reflective of the underlying political reality, and Biden and his party would almost certainly be better off today had they acknowledged this reality from the start.

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An editorial cartoon by Dave Granlund.
Summary: Should Republicans take control of both the House and Senate in the midterms — a distinct possibility — Americans wanting a forceful program to curb climate change may get less than nothing. Politics is not a game for children.
Summary: It's hard to escape the conclusion that Sen. Joe Manchin reached, when he announced that the country (as opposed to the Democrats in the House) is somewhere to the right of the center on the ideological spectrum. That is certainly where Virginia was on Nov. 2. It is, even, where New Jersey was on Nov. 2. And if that is where two Biden states were on Election Day, where will they be next year on Election Day? Or three years from now?
American Opinion: Cutting such funding is short-sighted, as is the effort to curtail the government’s ability to save billions of dollars by negotiating Medicare prescription drug pricing. Manchin and Sinema would rob the nation of future rewards just to advance short-term political goals that are just as unfathomable to American voters as are the trillion-plus-dollar figures still under negotiation.
American Opinion: GOP filibuster abuse has become so brazen that even President Joe Biden, long a filibuster defender, now is open to reforming it. As we’ve argued before, other institutionalists like Manchin should get over their misplaced nostalgia for a procedural quirk that never should have been in the Senate to begin with, and get rid of the filibuster. Democracy itself may depend on it.
An editorial cartoon by Dave Granlund.

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Summary: It is profoundly disturbing that these four individuals have this amount of influence and power to shape America’s response to the top security threat we face. Will we as a world community plunge across critical climate thresholds because of the power grabbed by these four to stroke their egos and their need to be in the spotlight?
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Summary: The Hyde Amendment is a longstanding, broadly supported, life-saving policy. Policymakers should respect Americans’ consensus on this issue and not use federal spending measures to bypass Hyde protections, and media outlets should accurately report the enduring support for the Hyde Amendment as these debates unfold.

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